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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. After only two games, the Buffalo Bills' offense found itself at a crossroads. It either had to be fixed, especially when it came to throwing the ball, or the Bills could expect more ugly losses like that 9-3, leather-helmet-era-throwback debacle against …

Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 26-16 victory against Denver Broncos worked out: 1. The Bills need to stick with their run-first offensive personality, because it's nearly impossible to successfully reinvent yourself in the NFL once the season starts. However, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison had better be ready to make some tweaks. Check. Onc…

Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 26-16 victory against the Denver Broncos Sunday at New Era Field: Credibility building: By beating the Broncos, who were 2-0 and coming off of a blowout victory against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills gained some cr…

From the windows of the yellow bus, the kids looked wide-eyed at the aftermath of the horrific car wreck on the side of Highway 425 South in the small town of Star City, Ark. "Whoever's in that car is dead," was the observation of several elementary-school classmates that forever burned itself into Cedric Thornton's memory on that fateful morning more than 22 years ago.…

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses)   Pittsburgh. Should keep it rolling vs. the Bears. (1)   Atlanta. Great test vs. Lions team that looks legit. (3)   Kansas City. Beating the Patriots clearly was no fluke. (4)   New England. Yeah, the Pats are done. Sure they are. (6)   Oaklan…

Chances are you've seen, either on television or from the stands, that blue tent suddenly pop up on the sidelines of an NFL stadium. Make a fire, get some marshmallows and you could have yourself a cozy, little campsite in the area behind either team's bench. Of course, the tent -- if it is used -- doesn't stay up for long, maybe about five minutes or so, because it's l…

If the Buffalo Bills aren't trying to send a message to Colton Schmidt, it's hard to imagine the punter feeling all that comfortable this week. That's because the team has worked out not one, not two, but three free agents at his position. The Buffalo News learned that the latest was Matt Wile, who was with the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons last season. He w…

Give Sean McDermott points for candor. Although the Buffalo Bills' coach said he didn't watch much of the Los Angeles Rams' victory against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night, he understood the outrage many Bills fans felt seeing former Buffalo receiver Sammy Watkins have a monster game. "Absolutely, I get it," McDermott told reporters Friday. "Believe me, I get …

Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) and defensive tackles Marcell Dareus (ankle) and Jerel Worthy (concussion) are out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, the team announced Friday. “It’s frustrating," Glenn told reporters. "But at the same time you’ve got to keep working, stay with the process and just keep going and keep pushing it …

You had to know it was coming. Sooner or later, Sammy Watkins would have his breakout game in a Los Angeles Rams uniform. Robert Woods would also eventually make some big things happen for the Rams. Ditto for Marquise Goodwin of the San Francisco 49ers. Thursday night, all three former Buffalo Bills receivers -- along with ex-Bills defensive back Nickell Robey-Col…

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus continues to be bothered by the right ankle problem that caused him to miss a large chunk of the Buffalo Bills' loss against the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Dareus did not practice Wednesday, and coach Sean McDermott was uncertain about the defensive tackle's availability for this Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. "I am concerned…

Dismissing the Buffalo Bills' horrendous run production against the Carolina Panthers as merely an off day for the NFL's best rushing attack the past two seasons is probably being too cavalier, if not a bit naïve. LeSean McCoy's nine yards on 12 carries, the ugliest stain left by the Bills' 69 yards on the ground, were symptomatic of a bigger issue that just might not …

Tyrod Taylor and his new receivers are still getting to know each other. That's one explanation the Buffalo Bills' quarterback offered Wednesday for the team's struggles in their passing game the past two weeks. The inability of Taylor and his top three wideouts -- Andre Holmes, Jordan Matthews and rookie Zay Jones -- to do much through the air accounts for the Bills…

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus continues to be bothered by the right ankle problem that caused him to miss a large chunk of the Buffalo Bills' loss against the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Dareus did not practice Wednesday, and coach Sean McDermott was uncertain about the defensive tackle's availability for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. "I am concerned," Mc…

The Buffalo Bills Wednesday re-signed defensive tackle Deandre Coleman and safety Robert Blanton. They filled the spots on the 53-man roster vacated by Tuesday's cuts of safety Trae Elston and linebacker Jelani Jenkins. The Philadelphia Eagles, who have a habit of acquiring former Bills defensive backs, promptly picked up Elston off waivers. The Bills released the 6-…